If you are looking at investing in an experienced ‘Doula UK Recognised’ Postnatal & Birth Doula Cheshire and beyond, I would like to invite you to take a look at what may be available in your area for your family.
I am available to offer your family confidential and discreet support as your birth doula or postnatal doula in pregnancy, birth and in the early weeks of your new journey.
Standalone or bespoke packages are available and include emotional and practical support as well as infant feeding support when required. Please do not let the cost of a birth doula put you off contacting doulas in your area – we often help parents out by offering installments, payment in lieu of skills you may be able to share or other ways of investing in your journey.
My offer to you is a consultation in person or via video link if you prefer, so you can ask questions and find out more about the support your family may require from me, and we can get to know each other a little. If you are looking for a doula in Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire or Merseyside this meeting is complimentary.
It is important to me that you choose the best doula for your circumstances and any questions you have are answered to enable you to find a doula to suit your needs, and feel fully supported by the doula you choose. The following services can be tailored to your individual requirements:
Antenatal Birth Preparation
- Breastfeeding Workshop-learn about the early days of feeding your newborn
- Bespoke Antenatal Workshop-fill in the gaps where you feel you need additional support
- Private One to One Antenatal Classes-bespoke classes in your own home, to suit your family
- Rebozo Workshop for parents-learn about this traditional Mexican shawl and it’s uses in pregnacy and labour
“As a pregnant woman, you have to decide on someone who, only having met them a couple of times beforehand, you’d be happy to get butt-naked in front of, with your husband / partner potentially being present too. You also have to trust them to advocate for you when you are in no fit state (believe me!) to do so yourself. This is a massive undertaking, so you want someone who you feel appreciates the gravity of the trust you are placing in them. Essentially, you are hiring a friend, which might feel a bit weird, but I think a good doula balances professionalism with the ability to be genuinely personable. On the whole, when you find the right doula, they are utterly priceless, and can really make the difference between keeping your head above water and feeling like you’re drowning – that’s what Nikki did for me.”
What does a birth doula package provide for my family?
Call and Email access-I will be available for discussion and to help answer any questions, ease your fears and build a relationship with you or your partner, be able to send any resources you may need via email. This continues from the day you hire me and for 6 weeks into the postnatal period.
At least two antenatal visits –this helps us to get to know each other, build rapport and can involve your partner and children if required. It gives us the time to discover your birth preferences and it may help to debrief any previous birth experiences. It also gives us the opportunity to meet with your midwife or doctor if required, and support your partner or visit any antenatal classes in your local area. These visits are flexible and can be split and additional sessions can be added if required for consultant or midwifery appointment support.
Birth Preferences/Birth Plan-you will discover what these are during your pregnancy and I can help you to collate your ideas so your maternity team know and understand your preferences for birth.
On Call– my time is dedicated to your family, I will be on call for your birth 24 hours a day for a month or more-from 38 weeks gestation (or earlier if you have a history of premature labour). You will have access to my mobile number during this time to enable you to call me as soon as your labour starts to ease any worries and reassure you I will arrive as aoon as you would like. I will remain on call for the first 24 hours after birth for infant feeding support and aim to get to you as soon as possible should you call.
Continuity during labour and birth-I can provide emotional and practical support for you and your partner continuously during your birth. I am able to support you after delivery until you are comfortably settled and to help establish breastfeeding or cook a light meal for your family.
Postnatal Visit I will call on your new family to talk about your experiences and answer any questions you may have. This may include some early help and support with your newborn or a chat over cake.
Caesarean Section-emotional support and guidance can be sought from your doula in times where a caesarean is scheduled. Please get in touch for more information of how I can support you and your partner through this time and find out about how your baby’s arrival can be made as smooth a transition as possible.
Birth Doula package-£950.00
Installments and bespoke package design available, please enquire about tailoring the package to suit your family’s requirements.
Optional additions: Extra Antenatal Sessions, Breastfeeding Workshop, Closing the Bones, Infant Feeding Support, Postnatal Support, Placenta Encapsulation
Short sessions, long sessions or one off sessions, postnatal support offers a variety of options to meet your needs.
“Nikki came, made ME cups of tea, brought me biscuits and just TALKED to me. I’ve felt so isolated in recent months that to just talk to another woman, not just about motherhood etc, but about all sorts of things, was just so wonderful. It made me feel a little bit like myself again. Answered millions of questions, generally shared knowledge which made me feel more confident.”
Postnatal doula support is tailored to meet your own needs-what suits one family may not be to the needs of another-always including cake where required! If you are thinking of having a postnatal doula, please contact me to have a chat about anything you might want to include. When you book postnatal support you are assured that I am available to see you at short notice, often within an hour or two, 24 hours a day alongside any set times you might like to schedule. Overnight maternity support is available at any time as well as ‘on call’ packages for the first few days after your baby is born.
- Emotional and practical support
- Debriefing previous births
- Infant feeding support
- Breastfeeding support
- Cooking an evening meal ahead or fill your freezer with nutritious meals
- Supporting your partner and older siblings
- Light shopping/housework
- Newborn care
- Biological newborn norms and expectations
- Overnight maternity support^
Postnatal doula support – from £18 per hour-plus mileage
^Overnight support 8pm-8am £25 per hour
What does the placenta have within it which supports parent’s reviews of their choice to use placenta encapsulation in their postnatal recovery weeks?
- Oxytocin – a hormone we produce which helps the uterus return to normal size, supports infant attachment and protects your breastfeeding relationship
- Galactogogue effect – helps to support a good milk supply and has been noted to increase supply
- Iron, growth factors and stem cells – essential for restorative changes in the postnatal recovery time and reducing postnatal bleeding
- Progesterone – decreased incidence of postnatal depression is reported by people who take placenta remedies
- CRH – a hormone we produce which helps to reduce stress levels
- Balance hormones – help to support you recovery quickly from any emotional ups and downs
Sometimes in person sessions do not fit in with your schedule. Video calls can be a convenient way to get the support you need, and can be booked for one off breastfeeding support or antenatal information sessions. Please contact me for more information.
Full spectrum doula services are available locally in Cheshire and Greater Manchester and across Europe. If you are looking for an accompanying doula on your journey further afield, please get in touch.
I fully support the Doula Access Fund from Doula UK which can enable parents-to-be in low income families or vulnerable situations to access a birth doula or postnatal doula service. Please see here for more information or ask me how you can access this support.
In 2018 The Doula Access Fund Charity is setting up and so the Access Fund is currently closed. Please contact me to discuss payment plans or skill swaps.